We hold an annual banquet (April) to celebrate science in central Illinois.

Our 2020 banquet will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Cater Inn. Please save the date. We look forward to seeing you there.

We provide a formal award to our scholarship winner for the year.

We also announce our annual science treasure hunt.

Renae Kerrigan (Peoria Riverfront Museum) will be our guest speaker. Her topic will be “Fantastic Telescopes Exploring the Cosmos from the United States.

Curator of Science and Planetarium Director of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Renae Kerrigan, has had the opportunity to visit some of the best telescopes in the United States. Learn about the Greenbank Telescope, the Very Large Array, and the telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory in this presentation, and see pictures from her travels to these sites.

Here is a short bio about Renae.

Renae Kerrigan began working at Lakeview Museum in 2009 as an intern while studying at Bradley University. She fell in love with the culture of learning at the museum and made the decision to change her educational focus, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Museum Education in 2011. In her 10 year tenure at Lakeview Museum and now the Peoria Riverfront Museum, she has worked in nearly every area of the Programs department, teaching classes and workshops, delivering public programs, creating content for exhibitions, and managing the planetarium. In 2015, Kerrigan was selected as one of the National Science Foundation funded Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors, and traveled to some of the best telescopes in the world. Kerrigan is a Key Personnel on the NSF Funded Big Astronomy project for which she is participating in the creation of a planetarium show and related educational products, which will be distributed for free in English and Spanish around the world. Kerrigan was named a Fellow of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association in 2017, and serves as Deputy Conference Planning Chair for the association. She currently serves as Curator of Science and Planetarium Director of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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